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With all of the trees located within the downtown streetscape flowerbeds reduced to stumps on N. Layafette Street in Greenville, ideas are now coming forth on how to replace them. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA seek ideas for planters

In order to prevent damage to Greenville’s downtown streetscape, a number of trees were recently removed along N. Lafayette Street. With all of the trees previously located within flower bed planter boxes now reduced to stumps, ideas are coming forth to replace them.

Greenville High School sophomore Rylie Whitten, 15, plays the guitar in her bedroom Thursday afternoon. Whitten has returned home after spending several weeks in intensive care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital battling and overcoming toxic shock syndrome.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rylie Whitten recovering at home after toxic shock syndrome

Rylie Whitten walked through a set of doors Thursday evening that she has passed through countless times before, and yet, this particular instance felt strange, and somehow, unfamiliar. It had been since December that the Greenville High School sophomore, 15, had last entered the school, since she had previously walked through the corridors of purple and gold, surrounded by her friends, classmates and teachers.

From bottom left clockwise, Greenville residents Steve Foster, Kire Wierda, Greenville High School students Landon Kemp, Chloe Wolfe, Josie Randels and Greenville Chamber Executive Director Gae Wolfe discuss ideas during Wednesday evening’s Greenville Public Schools strategic planning meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community comes together to create plan for Greenville Public Schools

Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.

The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.

Candlelit paper bags with messages and prayers of hope and encouragement for 15-year-old Rylie Whitten of Greenville line the sidewalk leading into First United Methodist Church in Greenville Wednesday evening, as Whitten recovers from toxic shock syndrome at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville teen hit with rare toxic shock syndrome infection

As the bell rings signaling the start of the school day, Rylie Whitten should be tuning her violin for orchestra class. By lunchtime, she should be sitting with her fellow sophomore friends, eating and sharing laughs in the commons areas.

From left, Hunter Holloway, 12, Nick Holloway, 11, Lennox Biezais, 13, James Paxton, 13, Brady O’Neal, 10, Jace O’Neal, 12, and Brody Brockschmidt, 11, all of Greenville, climb one of the hills Wednesday at Tower Mountain Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Warm winter means no tow rope at Greenville’s Tower Mountain Park

When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.

The unsettling floors at the Greenville Transportation System bus garage have caused serious damage to the overall integrity of the building, resulting in many cracked walls and ceilings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Greenville Transit bus garage will be paid ‘100 percent’ by MDOT grants

As if sitting atop some steadily sinking quicksand, the floor of the Greenville Transit System bus garage appears to be disappearing beneath itself. According to City Manager George Bosanic, that is exactly what has happened due to poor soil quality underneath the facility, resulting in plans to build a new facility to house the city’s transport busses, located at 240 E. Fairplains St.

During an active shooter training on Monday at Greenville High School, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mike LeVand secures a hallway in the school. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Department of Public Safety hosts active shooter situation exercise

“Shots fired. I repeat: Shots fired. We have an active shooter at the high school.” These are words no one wants to ever hear. Yet, words everyone in the United States is all too familiar with as 2015 draws to a close.

A large pine tree fell during the windstorm, breaking through a power line and causing M-57 to be shut down at about 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

JUST IN: Christmas wind storm wreaks havoc

Reindeer are not the best when handling turbulence so it was a good thing Santa was flying Thursday night versus Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Early Christmas Eve morning, a wind storm burst through West Michigan with wind gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour. The storm caused significant damage to power lines throughout the region, including right here in Montcalm County.

Apprentice die makers, from left, Alex VanderHoek and Ben Crawford learn the ropes from Dave Bean, a 31-year journeyman die maker, as the three inspect a drawn panel for an inner door reinforcement ran from a draw die in a 2,000-ton press at Greenville Tool & Die. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Greenville Tool & Die

There was a time in this country — seems like long ago — when a willingness to work hard and be a team player could advance an employee from trainee to head of the company. A career was comprised of a series rational advances, earned through self-improvement efforts and an increased understanding of the company’s products and processes. Companies valued their employees and promoted from within.

Releasing their balloons on Sunday in the Greenville High School parking lot, a crowd of Greenville-area people gave a silent and somber thank you to the organ donors who have saved lives in Greenville as well as the rest of Michigan and the nation. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Balloon launch held in honor of organ donors, celebrates life

A year ago Sunday, Debbi Bendon received the greatest gift she could ever receive. She was given the gift of life. On Dec. 20, 2014, Bendon received a double-lung transplant. Without the transplant, she may not be here today.